College of Fine Arts and Communication
Certificate of Advanced Performance Studies (CAPS)
The Certificate of Advanced Performance Studies (CAPS) is a highly focused one-year program that provides concentrated training and performance experiences for post-baccalaureate students who demonstrate superior performance ability. It may serve as a preparatory program in performance for graduate study, a performing career, or as a concentrated post-graduate program for those not desiring an additional degree. It may be obtained in the following areas of emphasis: cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, guitar, horn, jazz studies, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, voice.
The certificate requires sixteen s.h.; 1 recital s.h., 6 s.h. of applied music in principal area, 2 s.h. of graduate ensembles (may be replaced with a second recital), 6 s.h. of advanced coursework in music history, music theory, pedagogy, and/or music technology (must include courses from two of the four areas). All courses must be approved by the program advisor.
Organ majors must successfully present two public recitals, one demonstrating a thorough understanding of performance practice concepts relating to pre-Classical repertoire, the other an understanding of Romantic and Contemporary repertoire and techniques. Each recital must be performed on period-specific instruments.